A group of school friends from the heady days of 1968 France take centre stage in this racy account of horse racing, public corruption, and criminal intent. Agathe Renourd and her protégé Nicolas Berger are in charge of the communications network of a major European insurance consortium. Christian Deluc has become a council member at the Elysée Palace, and Amélie raises thoroughbreds. Now, in 1989, their paths cross in an unexpected fashion as events begin to spiral out of control. Racehorses die under mysterious circumstances, unimaginable quantities of cocaine appear at Parisian parties, and the dashing Nicolas Berger meets a violent end when a bomb explodes in his car. The search for resolution produces a dark ride filled with political intrigue and mystery.
'By turns bleak, transgressive, sexy and quite literally unputdownable. They're so seedy, very, very French (in a good way), often very funny and so tightly plotted that you can read them in an evening. And Arcadia's translations have been brilliant. It's a joy, for me at least, to enjoy the luxury of devouring such exuberant, taut and engrossing crime writing.' Anne Beech, Pluto Press MD, (Reading for Pleasure, The Bookseller)
'Manotti has Ellroy's gift for complex plotting, but she has a grip on the economics, politics and social history which marks her as special ... good generic crime fiction, with le flair in abundance' TLS
'Dodgy company takeovers, blazing horses and international drug cartels, Dead Horsemeat is EuroCrime at its best.' Pete Ayrton, Serpent's Tail MD
'Manotti effortlessly handles a fiendishly complicated plot. Her characters are fully rounded and believable. And she is funny, accurately reflecting the gallows humour that people who frequently encounter horror often resort to as a defence.' The Daily Telegraph
'Mean, lean in-your-face depiction of cutting-edge police work...' Peter Millar, The Times
'A sophisticated French police procedural, which packs more into 175 pages than some American or British novels twice its length.' The Sunday Telegraph
'I couldn't put it down. Deservedly on the shortlist for The Duncan Lawrie International Dagger, you wouldn't get any complaints from me if it won' Eurocrime